3 January 2013

Gambia: President Jammeh Discusses With Institutions Under His Purview

The Gambian leader Wednesday held discussion with institutions under his Office on plans and strategies for the year 2013.

The high-level meeting with His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh brought together officials from the Personnel Management Office (PMO), The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), the Gambia International Airline (GIA), Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC), Geological Department, NGO Affairs Agency, and National Aids Secretariat, among others.

Shortly after the meeting with the institutions, the newly appointed minister for Presidential Affairs, Mustapha Charles Camara, told the State House Press Corps that it was very positive and timely, noting that it does not only serve as a re-enforcement point to accelerate the performance of the institutions under the Office of the President, but for others too to redouble their efforts in achieving the government's vision and development blueprint. "We believe as a family, we should consult each other from time to time and they have really welcomed this initiative of His Excellency the president," Minister Camara said.

According to him, during the meeting, President Jammeh stressed the need for collective efforts to ensure the realisation of the set national targets. He also highlighted frequent meetings with the institutions as another issue emphasised by the president to enable them interact and work together, review and strategise so that they can make progress towards the government's development vision.

"He had discussed a lot of things with us, his vision for 2013, because you all know we are not too far from Vision 2020 and we need to redouble our efforts, look back at the lapses we had in 2012 and see how best we can better them in 2013," he said.

He added: "It was a family talk, and like I said, the president has a very good vision and has no turning back. We want to remove all the bottlenecks that seem to deter our vision. We want to make sure we realise his vision. A lot of other issues were frankly discussed during the meeting in which His Excellency urged all not to work in isolation because once you are part of the family, we should work as a family."

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